Geneva Wisner, Sioux FallsGeneva Delores Briggs Wisner, 89, Sioux Falls, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Village, Sioux Falls.
Geneva Delores Briggs Wisner, 89, Sioux Falls, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Village, Sioux Falls.
She was born on July 12, 1923.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Michael’s Parish in Sioux Falls. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Sioux Falls.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, with a Scripture vigil at 6:30 p.m.
She was born in Oacoma to Olina and Elvin Briggs.
Geneva attended school in Brule County.
Her mother, Olina Anderson Briggs, died when Geneva was 5 years old, leaving six children.
Elvin Briggs later married Adelia (Dolly) Bullis, a widow who also had six children. Together, the couple had one more child.
Geneva graduated from Kimball High School in 1941.
Geneva moved to Mitchell in 1943 where, at the age of 20, she and her twin sister, Janice, purchased and ran a 24-hour diner called the Snack Café.
On June 28, 1945, Geneva married Francis (Red) Wisner in Mitchell.
Geneva and Francis moved to Sioux Falls, where they raised six children.
Geneva was a mother and a homemaker who was active in the Catholic community, an avid golfer, Twins fan and bridge player.
Geneva moved to Yankton in 1971. She owned and operated the Flamming Court Motel for 18 years.
In 1984, Geneva moved back to Sioux Falls to retire.
Geneva was a member of St. Michael’s Parish, Sioux Falls.
Geneva will be remembered fondly for the love of her family, friends, cooking, baking, card playing and watching baseball, as she was a great fan of the Minnesota Twins.
Survivors include: Joan (Jim) Wareham, Sioux Falls; Rosemary (Bill) Wikle, Sioux Falls; Dennis Wisner, Olympia, Wash.; Michael Wisner (Louis Fried), San Francisco; Michele (Kurt) Termansen, Yankton; and Susan Wisner, Santa Clara, Calif.; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one sister, Bernice Pedersen, Yankton; and a half-sister, Donna Lomanto, Naples, Fla.
Geneva was preceded in death by a son, Craig; her parents, two brothers: Floyd and Donald Briggs; two sisters: Lucille Bennett and Janice Hildebrand; and one great-grandchild.
Following the services, relatives and friends are invited to return to St. Michael’s Parish for refreshments and a light supper to visit with family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in Geneva’s name be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.
A special thank you to the staff of Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls for their care of Geneva and support to the family.
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